Minimum NLP Training Standards

The ABNLP has set the following a minimum requirements in NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Certification. If you are a potential student of NLP, we suggest you ensure your trainer adheres to these guidelines of content and classroom time required. As a minimum, if you are looking for an NLP trainer, we recommend you use the same criteria we do for qualifying trainers with the ABNLP.

1. Who did the Trainer study with? The trainers own training needs to meet the ABNLP standards before qualifying as a recognised trainer.

2. Duration of their training course? (ABNLP requires a minimum of: Practitioner Training = 7 days, Master Practitioner Training = 9 days, Trainers Certification = 14 days).

3. Does their course meet the syllabus requirements below?

We have also put together a guide to help you choose your NLP Trainer. It is after all, an important decision.

If you are seeking membership with the ABNLP we may ask you to obtain certain information , including a syllabus from your trainer if they are unknown to the ABNLP. We will utilise the syllabus to ensure the criteria outlined below was taught in your training over no less than the minimum amount of time specified in each NLP Certification level.

These standards were created based on much research of various NLP courses and similar NLP Associations throughout the world. We feel a minimum training standard is applicable due to the numerous courses available and the potential for lowering of NLP training standards of NLP being taught. The following information contains the minimum training standards required for membership in the ABNLP:

NLP Practitioner Certification 

The duration of the NLP Practitioner Certification training is to be carried out over a minimum of 80 hours of which 49 must be completed over a minimum of 7 days face-to-face training and the additional hours can be made up by pre-course, in-course and post-course study in the basic skills of NLP patterns led by a Certified Trainer of NLP from a recognised trainer. A demonstration of ability to identify the following basic skills, techniques, patterns and concepts of NLP and to utilise them competently with self and others:

  • NLP Presuppositions
  • Present State to Desired State
  • Well Formed Outcomes
  • State Management
  • Rapport
  • Sensory Acuity & Calibration
  • Representational Systems
  • Accessing & Building Resources
  • Process Versus Content
  • Meta Model
  • Milton Model
  • Meta Programs
  • Metaphors
  • Submodalities
  • VK Dissociation
  • Swish Pattern
  • Timeline
  • Perceptual Positions
  • Changing Drivers
  • Anchors
  • Eliciting Strategies
  • TOTE
  • Reframing
  • Parts
  • Identifying & Using Incongruency
  • Logical Levels
  • Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

NLP Master Practitioner Certification 

The duration of the NLP Practitioner Certification training is to be carried out over a minimum of 90 hours of which 59 must be completed over a minimum of 9 days face-to-face training and the additional hours can be made up by pre-course, in-course and post-course study. in the advanced skills of NLP patterns led by a Certified Trainer of NLP from a recognised trainer. A demonstration of ability to identify the following basic skills, techniques, patterns and concepts of NLP and to utilise them competently with self and others:

  • Integration, mastery & elegance of NLP Practitioner Skills
  • Ability to manage one's own state
  • Ability to do change work with self and others 
  • Precision and resourcefulness through all representational systems
  • Ability to track logical levels
  • Ability to seperate process from content about process
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport  
  • Modelling - elicitation, replication, utilisation & transfer
  • Conscious and unconscious embodiment of NLP Presuppositions
  • Sleight of Mouth patterns
  • Change and install strategies
  • Multi-Level communication
  • Meta Programs - elicitation, calibration, utilisation, change & flexibility
  • Values - eliciatation, calibration, utilisation & change
  • Advanced Submodality work
  • Advanced Timeline work
  • Advanced Milton Model

NLP Trainer Certification 

The duration of the NLP Practitioner Certification training is to be carried out over a minimum of 130 hours of which 90 must be completed over a minimum of 14 days face-to-face training and the additional hours can be made up by pre-course, in-course and post-course study, led by a Certified Trainer of NLP from a recognised trainer. A demonstration of conscious and unconscious competence in all NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner skills both overtly and covertly. And a demonstration of the following NLP Trainer Specific skills: 

  • Pacing and Leading
  • Design of Presentations
  • Delivery of Presentations using NLP skills
  • Building and maintaining Group Rapport
  • Ability ot answer questions
  • Utilisation of spatial anchoring
  • Design and execution of evaluation methods
  • Design and execution of teaching exercises to provide covert and overt learning
  • Use of deep and shallow metaphors as a teaching aid
  • Demonstration of NLP processes and techniques while training
  • Demonstration of personal artistry to integrate the skills into one's own behaviour

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